Observation of Orangutan Utilizing Medicinal Plants for Self-Treatment: A Human-like Behavior Displayed

Observation of Orangutan Utilizing Medicinal Plants for Self-Treatment: A Human-like Behavior Displayed
4 de may. de 2024 · 4m 43s

Researchers observed an orangutan named Rakus treating his wounds with medicinal plants, displaying behavior reminiscent of humans. Rakus resides in Gunung Leuser National Park in South Aceh, Indonesia, where scientists...

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Researchers observed an orangutan named Rakus treating his wounds with medicinal plants, displaying behavior reminiscent of humans.

Rakus resides in Gunung Leuser National Park in South Aceh, Indonesia, where scientists from the Institute of Animal Behavior meticulously study animals like him, documenting their activities every two minutes.

A team of researchers, led by evolutionary biologist Caroline Schuppli and cognitive biologist Isabelle Laumer, were observing Rakus when they noticed a deep facial wound.

They speculate that it resulted from a confrontation with another male during a "long call battle," where adult male orangutans vocalize to attract females and assert territorial dominance. Sometimes, these vocalizations attract rival males, leading to physical altercations.
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